Angola: Government Reaffirms Special Attention to Education

Luanda — The Minister of State for Social Affairs, Carolina Cerqueira, Wednesday in Luanda reaffirmed that the Government continues to pay special attention to education, as part of the children teaching and learning process.

According to the Cabinet minister, who was speaking during a video conference with provincial governors on the return to school, despite the constraints caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has deeply shaken social stability and slowed economic development, severely affecting families and society in general, education and teaching continue to be a state priority.

The government member, who praised the collaboration of parents, teachers and social partners in the successful return to school, said that the contribution of all is preponderant to the objectives pursued, taking into account the need to restore confidence in the institutions and to share collective responsibility in concerted action by all those involved.

Carolina Cerqueira mentioned the need for communities to support the Government, with awareness-raising actions to put an end to the vandalisation of public and private goods, particularly those of educational, cultural and religious institutions.

The government official said that actions should be developed at all levels to ensure the protection of children, biosecurity and sanitation of schools, an organisation that corresponds to the need to students distancing and strict respect for hygiene standards.

She noted that the Government is developing several social programmes for the mitigation of poverty and vulnerability of families, with emphasis on the Kwenda programme, which she considered the most robust social protection programme in progress since national independence.

The commitment, collective responsibility and multiple initiatives developed at the provincial level aimed at the restart of classes was praised by the Minister of State, who also called on parents and citizens in general to collaborate with the government in this important challenge.

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